1 dead, 8 injured in Hart County collision

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Posted at 7:19 AM, Jan 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-05 07:19:33-05

HORSE CAVE, Ky. (LEX 18/WAVE) — One person was killed and eight more were injured in a four vehicle collision on I-65 South in Hart County on Friday night.

Kentucky State Police said they received calls at 6:46 p.m. for a multi-vehicle collision near the 55 mile marker.

Davontay H. Baker, 25, from Bowling Green lost control of his car while driving southbound. The driver went off the right side of the roadway and hit a guardrail before returning onto the road.

As Baker's SUV returned to the roadway, Dennis D. Julian, 20, from Holly, Michigan, hit the SUV with his pickup. Baker's vehicle was then hit by a semi driven by Ruben Villanueva-Suarez, 52, from Tampico, Mexico. The semi continued southbound and hit another SUV driven by Donna Cook, 50, from Shelbyville.

Melissa A. Coffey, who was a passenger in Baker's vehicle, was ejected from the SUV during the collision and was pronounced dead at the scene by the Barren County Sheriff's Office. Coffey was 40-years-old.

Baker and three other juvenile passengers were transported to the hospital where they were treated and released. Julian, Cook, and another juvenile passenger was transported to the hospital and treated for minor injuries.

Another passenger in Cook’s vehicle was flown to University Hospital and is currently listed in serious condition.

Investigation is currently ongoing. KSP has not released any further information at this time.